Barrett soars way to pole vault crown

ZIONSVILLE — Brittany Barrett picked up where she left off at last week’s Sagamore Conference track and field meet. And at the IHSAA sectional at Zionsville on Tuesday, the Southmont senior actually surprised herself.

“I was thinking that last week I just got lucky,” Barrett said. “Today the other girls kept missing and I was like, ‘Well, I guess I just have to do whatever I can.’”

Whatever she did was enough to claim the sectional title in pole vault. 

Barrett’s height of 10 feet, 8 inches broke the school pole vault record she set less than a week ago at the Sagamore Conference Meet when she finished with a 10-7.75 to also break the conference record.  

The current sectional record in pole vault is 11 feet, 1 inch and was set by Avon’s Madison Keele a year ago.

Barrett will move on to the regional round of the postseason at Lafayette Jeff at 6:15 p.m. next Tuesday.

“She seems to be peaking at the right time of the year,” Southmont coach Desson Hannum said. “I think the confidence that she got last week after conference was a big confidence boost for her at this point. Just being consistent with what she has to do and being a little bit more focused this week on the events that she needs to concentrate on, I think that was important.”

Barrett also placed fourth in long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 5 inches. The top three in each event advance to the regional, though Barrett competed in the regional in long jump last season to fill the field after placing fifth.

Southmont’s Kelsey Dugger was sixth in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5 minutes, 45.19 seconds and sixth in the 3200 with a time of 12:30.71.

“I think she was seeded 11th in both the 3200 and the 1600,” Hannum said. “To improve her finish up to sixth in both, that was a great effort by her. We were very happy to see that.”

The Mounties finished eighth overall with 23 points. Avon won the sectional with 163.50 points. Zionsville was second with 144.50 and Plainfield finished third with 88 points.



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